#MeToo in China

21 – 30 March 2022, 09:00 – 17:00

This exhibition charts the history of the Chinese #MeToo movement since 2018 and seeks to resonate with people beyond and across borders. By using a variety of visual, audio and textual materials, this exhibition presents the personal struggles of sexual assault survivors and collective feminist actions against sexual violence in the Chinese context.

This exhibition was inspired by the #MeToo in China exhibitions held in Chengdu, Guangzhou and New York in 2019. Besides bringing the highlights of these previous exhibitions to the UK, this exhibition possesses new elements and perspectives. Particularly, it presents the Chinese feminists’ activities in support of the Chinese #MeToo movement in the UK.

Cambridge is the first stop of the #MeToo in China exhibition 2022 tour in the UK. We hope that, through (re-) telling the stories of the #MeToo movement in China, this exhibition can heal and empower sexual violence survivors and feminist activists from different racial, gender, sexual and social backgrounds. We believe this exhibition will help keep the #MeToo movement known, alive and in momentum.

Curators and artists

#MeToo in China Exhibition in the UK 2022 Team: A voluntary feminist team based in the UK

Qiqi: Qi, born in 1990, has been working as a photojournalist since 2015. Her multimedia project Beneath the Scars, which traces the traumatic memories and lives of survivors of sexual violence, reveals the truth of the damage caused by sexual violence through a mixture of third-person and first-person spoken accounts. ‘Beneath the Scars’ received the ‘Inter Art Center New Documentaries Prize 2019’ ‘KG + Award 2020’ Grand Prix and it has been exhibited in three cities, including Beijing, Liangzhou and Kyoto.

Leslie: Born in a coastal town in Southern China in the late 1980s, Leslie is an artist focusing on gender and female experience. After graduating from art school with a master’s degree in China, Leslie experienced a long-term depression and stagnation in creating her work. During this time, Leslie reflected on her experience of being a woman, particularly, women’s identities (daughter, female student, girlfriend, female artist) in the power dynamics of social relationships. She also found herself objectified in her family, intimate relationships, school education, art creation and body aesthetics. In response to this status, Leslie started to explore new ways of making art. Through the creative medium of digital painting, she looks for women’s forms from a subjective perspective and expresses women’s bodies, emotions, and desires. Thinking and exploring female subjectivity has relieved Leslie’s depression and empowered her creation.  

Read a Q&A with the curators.

Images below: #Metoo in China in New York Exhibition